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SF - Food & Biomass Science Fellowship

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Sectors Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources
Location California - America North
Town/City San Francisco, California
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 01/06/2009
Company Name Natural Resources Defense Council
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Directory Entry : The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit global environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists.
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Position Description

Both the emergence of biofuels as a significant transportation fuel and a growing interest in sustainable agriculture create exciting opportunities to promote sustainable food and biomass production.  The Food and Biomass Science Fellow will join a cross-program effort at NRDC to advocate for sustainable policies, metrics, and practices across an array of policy and standard setting processes, seeking to protect our climate, land and water resources. The Fellow will collaborate with experts from NRDC’s Energy & Climate, Health, Land and Water Programs.  Outside NRDC, the Fellow with work with key stakeholders including those representing non-profit public interest organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and will represent NRDC in regulatory and legislative processes.   Key areas of responsibility include:


·        Provide scientific and technical support to NRDC’s Energy & Climate, Health, Land and Water Programs.


·        Work with NRDC staff, outside partners, and the academic community to research, assemble, and synthesize data and information that articulate the environmental metrics and ways to measure actual performance of agriculture and biomass production. 


·        Engage the larger scientific community and collaborate with other science fellows in NRDC’s Science Center.



The ideal candidate will have the personal and professional skills to advance NRDC’s objectives, including:

  • A doctorate level degree in a related discipline such as soil science, agroecology, agronomy, silviculture, water quality, environmental chemistry, or agricultural economics.
  • Expertise at the interface of agricultural production and environmental stewardship, ideally including water consumption and water quality, soil conservation, nitrogen cycling, and soil carbon sequestration;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially communicating technical and analytical information in a clear and persuasive manner;
  • Strong technical research, analytical and quantitative skills particularly as it relates to the development of standards and performance-based metrics;
  • Familiarity with related public policy and standards development processes is desirable.
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